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Jail for knife attack by Camelford man who saw red

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 06, 2013

KICKER HERE: Paul Rosen two lines please

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A MAN from Camelford who "saw red" after a rape allegation and wounded an innocent student has been jailed for nine months.

Paul Rosen, 37, who believed that a relative had been raped, armed himself with a knife and attacked student Mohammed Abdul Malek as he left an Indian restaurant in Tintagel.

"This was a knife attack on an innocent man," said Judge John Neligan at Truro Crown Court, on Friday.

"It was obviously out of character but the use of a knife cannot be excused – custody must be immediate.

"I give you maximum credit for your plea of guilty to attempted wounding with intent, and take account of your glowing references and the probation officer's report, and that, mercifully, the injuries your victim suffered were nowhere near as serious as they might have been."

As he jailed Rosen, of Fore Street, Camelford for nine months, Judge Neligan added: "As your employers value you so much I have no doubt your job will be kept open for you."

Philip Lee, for the prosecution, said that Mr Malek was attacked in an alleyway.

He did not know Rosen and, to protect himself, grabbed the knife with both hands as they struggled, suffering cuts and scratches on his fingers and arms.

"I thought he was going to kill me," the attacked man told police officers afterwards.

When arrested, Rosen explained that there had been a rape allegation and he had "just seen red" and so he had picked up the knife to threaten the man.

There was no suggestion that Mr Malek had been involved and no suspect had ever been identified, added Mr Lee.

Martin Pearce, for the defence, told the court that Rosen was genuinely remorseful.

He asked the Judge to suspend the sentence.

"He was not thinking straight, it was not a case of attempted robbery and was not committed in drink, it just happened in the heat of the moment," said Mr Pearce.

The Cornish Guardian reported in December that the owner of an Indian restaurant in Tintagel said he was doing everything in his power to help police to trace a former member of his staff who was accused of sexually assaulting a young girl.

Police are continuing their investigations into the alleged assault on the young teenager in the kitchen of the restaurant on August 18 last year.

A restaurant worker in his early twenties, who is wanted for questioning, left the village soon after the incident was said to have taken plance and is now believed to be in France.

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  • thoughtpower  |  March 12 2013, 12:12PM

    by cgree... in response to your words above. I actually think the fluttering comment you have written above is a 'disgrace', not only does it show the naivety of certain members of our society but also how contradictory one can be, you yourself have acted in a narrow minded mannor by being so quick to judge an issue without knowing the in depth details. To me this hints a slight act of contradiction towards oneself. I am by no means doubting that the actions of Mr Rosen were indeed wrong, but i know there are many out there that would 'see red' in the event of a member of there family being harmed. Paul rosen is of a good hard working background and im sure will learn from his mistakes from 9 months, not '9 years'.

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  • crgee  |  March 06 2013, 3:58PM

    Nine months... nine years would have been better... maybe the Judge thought attacking someone with a foreign sounding name is not too serious in Cornwall. Disgrace.